An emergency session of the Barbour County Board of Education was conducted Thursday to discuss hiring a treasurer/chief school business official.
The position is vacant due to the retirement of Ellen Ball.
Board of Education President David Strait told members the sooner someone is hired to fill the position, the better. Barbour County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Super added that the position was posted and three applications were received in response.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Barbour County Board of Education members gather Thursday in an emergency session to chose a replacement for the position of treasurer/chief school business official. Discussing the position are Board President David Strait, left, and Barbour County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Super.
"One of the three individuals backed out of the running," Super said. "The other two candidates were interviewed by a panel of senior staff members and myself."
Board member Michael Talbott asked if the position was advertised.
Super said the position was posted for five days and was advertised on the county and state website. He also said notices of the vacancy were sent to all 55 West Virginia counties. In addition, advertisements appeared in several state newspapers including The Inter-Mountain.
Strait asked if qualified people peruse those websites this time of year seeking employment.
Super said they do.
He went on to describe the interview process conducted for the two applicants.
"I emailed those on the interview committee asking for suggestions for interview questions," Super said. "I was not looking for a quantity of questions, merely for quality questions."
Super said the committee agreed on seven questions, which were asked of both applicants. He also asked both applicants to bring samples of their work including a financial statement and a proposed budget.
"During the interviews, it was very evident the recommended candidate had done her homework," Super said. "She had a list of questions for us, she had recommendations and she came prepared."
After an hour and a half in executive session, the board voted unanimously to accept Super's recommendation to offer Annette Hughart the position as treasurer/chief school business official for the remainder of the 260-day contract for the 2011-2012 school year and for the 2012-2013 school year, pending mutual agreement between the board of education and the applicant regarding salary.
Strait commended Super for his work in quickly filling the treasurer/chief school business official position.